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Anna L. Davis
Of Counsel


Anna L. Davis joined Gordon, Wolf & Carney, CHTD as “Of Counsel” in 2020 to lead the firm’s SSDI & SSI practice. She has over 30 years of experience in disability rights, public health law and family law.

Ms. Davis held a faculty appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from 2011 - 2021, where her research focused on the ways in which law and policy can reduce health disparities and improve public health outcomes. She was the co-founder of the Clinic for Public Health Law and Policy at JHBSPH, which gave students real-world opportunities to apply law and policy to solve current and compelling public health problems. She also taught a family health course that examined the likely impact of policies, laws, and regulations on family health across the life course. She was a guest editor of a Special Supplement to the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 45:4, Winter 2017 and has co-authored a number of articles in the peer-reviewed literature. Ms. Davis was appointed in 2017 by Governor Hogan to serve as a Commissioner on the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission. She also has served on numerous not-for-profit Boards of Directors over the years including the Boards of Advocates for Children and Youth and the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation of the Associated Jewish Charities. She currently serves on the Board of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, Inc.

Ms. Davis is a lifelong Maryland resident. She received her B.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland in 1985 and her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 1990.  In addition, in 2007, Ms. Davis was awarded a Master in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is rated AV Preeminent® by the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system, the highest possible rating and is a member of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and the Maryland Court of Appeals.

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Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1990

  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland


  • MPH - John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2007

  • J.D. - University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 1990

    • Maryland Law Review, Editorial Board

  • B.A. - St. John's College, 1985


  • Maryland Association of Justice

  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR)


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated Attorney

  • The Maryland Daily Record Top Winner “Leadership in Law” Honoree (2018)


Journal Articles

  • Davis AL, Zare H, Kanwar O, McCleary R, and Gaskin DJ. Programs and Policies Targeted to Improve Access to Dental Care for Low-Income Adults and Children in the US: An Integrative Literature. J Dent & Oral Disord. 2021; 7(3): 1166. Available at: https://austinpublishinggroup.com/dental-disorders/all-issues.php

  • Gaskin DJ. Zare H, Kanwar O, McCleary R, and Davis AL. Predictors of Unmet Dental Health Needs in US Adults in 2018 (A Cross-sectional Analysis). JDR Clinical & Translational Research. 2021. DOI: 10.1177/23800844211035669

  • Davis, AL, Zare, H, McCleary, R, Kanwar, O, Tolbert, E, Gaskin, D, Maryland Dentists’ Perceptions and Attitudes towards Dental Therapy, J Public Health Dent. 2020; 80(3): 227-226

  • Sharfstein, JM, Miller, JD, Davis, AL, Ross, JR, McCarthy, ME, Smith, B, Chaudhry, A, Alexander, GC, Kesselheim, AS, Blueprint for Transparency at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Recommendations to Advance the Development of Safe and Effective Medical Products, The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 45 SI (2017): 5-6 Winter 2017. Available at: http://aslme.org/Back_Issues_And_Articles?journal=JLME&year=2017&volume=45&number=4&type

  • Davis, AL, Miller, JD, The European Medicines Agency and Publication of Clinical Study Reports: A Challenge for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, JAMA, Published online February 20, 2017. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0918

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Practice-Related Reports